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Shrimp Patties

My mom's version of this traditional Chamorro recipe:


  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 1 (10 oz) can evaporated milk
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 lbs medium raw shrimp peels and deveined
  • 1 (10 oz) package frozen mixed vegetables thawed and drained
  • 5 cups oil for frying


  • In a large mixing bowl beat the eggs together with the evaporated milk
  • Add in the flour, dry ingredients, and seasonings. Mix together with a whisk until smooth
  • Combine the shrimp and mixed vegetables and stir well
  • Heat your oil in a large pot under medium heat
  • Drop the batter into the oil by the spoonful (we used a large wooden spoon) and fry until golden brown. We flipped the shrimp patties half way during frying to ensure cooking on both sides
  • Use a bamboo skewer or toothpick to pierce the center of the patty, when it comes out clean they’re ready to be removed from the oil
  • Allow any extra oil to be soaked up by paper towels
  • Garnish with fresh chives and ENJOY!